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Odysseusís son. An infant when Odysseus left for Troy, Telemachus is about twenty at the beginning...
The protagonist of the Odyssey. Odysseus fought among the other Greek heroes at Troy and now...
Wife of Odysseus and mother of Telemachus. Penelope spends her days in the palace pining for...
Daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, purposeful battle, and the womanly arts. Athena assists...
God of the sea. As the suitors are Odysseusís mortal antagonists, Poseidon is his divine antagonist....
King of gods and men, who mediates the disputes of the gods on Mount Olympus. Zeus is occasionally...
The most arrogant of Penelopeís suitors. Antinous leads the campaign to have Telemachus killed....
A manipulative, deceitful suitor. Eurymachusís charisma and duplicity allow him to exert some...
Among the dozens of suitors, the only decent man seeking Penelopeís hand in marriage. Amphinomus...
The loyal shepherd who, along with the cowherd Philoetius, helps Odysseus reclaim his throne...
The aged and loyal servant who nursed Odysseus and Telemachus when they were babies. Eurycleia...
The brother of Melantho. Melanthius is a treacherous and opportunistic goatherd who supports...
Sister of Melanthius and maidservant in Odysseusís palace. Like her brother, Melantho abuses...
The beautiful nymph who falls in love with Odysseus when he lands on her island-home of Ogygia....
One of the Cyclopes (uncivilized one-eyed giants) whose island Odysseus comes to soon after...
The beautiful witch-goddess who transforms Odysseusís crew into swine when he lands on her...
Odysseusís aging father, who resides on a farm in Ithaca. In despair and physical decline,...
A Theban prophet who inhabits the underworld. Tiresias meets Odysseus when Odysseus journeys...
King of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, and husband of Helen, he helped lead the Greeks in the...
Wife of Menelaus and queen of Sparta. Helenís abduction from Sparta by the Trojans sparked...
The beautiful daughter of King Alcinous and Queen Arete of the Phaeacians. Nausicaa discovers...
enormous dangerous whirlpool
god of music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine
another memeber of the crew
creatures whose songs lure sialors to their deaths
sea monster of gray rock-6 heads
God of the Sun. Odysseus earns his wrath when his crew eats some of Helios' sacred cattle.
people who eat the Lotus plant, a narcotic.
master of the winds